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Lifetime of Seeking an Answer Finally Rewarded With a Diagnosis

Stacy Carlson was born with congenital myasthenic syndrome, and although she received a number of opinions throughout her life, it wasn’t until age 44 that she received a definitive diagnosis. It was after her local physician referred her to Andrew Engel, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, that DNA testing confirmed a particular gene fault responsible [...]

  • Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating congenital myasthenic syndromes, although they are rare conditions. Congenital myasthenic syndromes are estimated to occur in 2.5 to 12.5 out of 1,000,000 people. Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate and treat about 10 people with congenital myasthenic syndromes each year.
  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in nervous system conditions (neurologists), genetic conditions (medical geneticists), musculoskeletal conditions (orthopedic surgeons), eye conditions (ophthalmologists), anesthesiology (anesthesiologists) and other areas work together to evaluate and treat people with congenital myasthenic syndromes.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors study genes involved in congenital myasthenic syndromes and develop therapies to treat congenital myasthenic syndromes.
  • Individualized treatment. Your doctors will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to help you manage your condition.
  • Efficiency. In Mayo Clinic's system, your testing and treatment usually can be done in days, not weeks.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery and is ranked among the Best Hospitals for ear, nose & throat in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals in neurology & neurosurgery.

Feb. 24, 2014